The 2012 Time 100 list came out today, a list comprising of 100 Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons, who are being recognized for changing the world, for better or for worse.
“They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100,” announced the Time website.
Here are a few highlights from the Time 100 list.
”No one can learn how to be funny. What you can learn is how to trust yourself, to have enough self-confidence to say, "I think this is funny — they will too." Louis gets that. There's no downside to him. He's the next Big One.” - Joan Rivers on comedian Louie CK.
“But most of all, in the roil of a difficult time, he seemed smart and steady, trustworthy.” - Joe Klein on President Barack Obama.
” I am so relieved that Adele possesses the kind of beauty that she does, that she's crass and funny and that she sings live — and incredibly. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste — that we still occasionally come back to what's simple, and simply amazing.” - Pink on singer Adele.
”No one kitchen — or 10 — can contain him. He is advocate, promoter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, artist. Keep up with him at your peril.” - Anthony Bourdain on chef and activist Jose Andres.
” Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character. She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity.” - Cicely Tyson on actress Viola Davis
“And she did the undoable. A royal wedding dress that could never live up to the impossible dream. But it did. The whole world gasped in astonishment and sighed in reverie as she made one young woman's fantasy a reality for everyone.” - Sarah Jessica Parker on fashion designer Sarah Burton.
“How he can be so devastating and endearing at the same time I cannot say, but it sure wears well. Look for him to hold down this spot on TIME's list for years to come.” - Garry Trudeau on political satirist Stephen Colbert.
The full Time 100 list can be found here.